The amount of money spent lobbying state government soared passed $200 million in 2010, according to the state Commission on Public Integrity’s annual report issued today.

The report found $213.4 million was spent on lobbying, an steep increase from the $197.8 million spent in 2009. Of that, $29.8 million was spent on advertising, up from $6.1 million in 2009. At the same time, lobbyists are also gaining strength in numbers. The commission reported 6,659 lobbyists representing 4,091 clients, compared to 5,887 lobbyists in 2009 representing 3,499 clients.

That severely outnumbers the 212 state lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate.

The main issue drivers in 2010 included selling wine in grocery stores and a failed property-tax cap. It’s also important to note that it was an election year.

As usual, it was a good year for the high-powered lobbying shop of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, which reported $10.6 million in receipts and reimbursed expenses. They were followed by Patricia Lynch Associates, the firm run by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s ex-aide, which reported $8.1 million.

2010 Annual Report